Enjoy a Stay Here in PA
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Just because you reside in Pennsylvania, doesn’t mean you can’t vacation here, too! Our state is bursting with tourist opportunities, both for those looking to live it up in the city, and those searching for some quiet countryside time. To that end, we bring you the 2 tales of PA: City and Country.
A Historical & Luxurious Pairing
Photo courtesy of The Ritz by Don Riddle Images
The City of Brotherly Love’s history is undeniable, no doubt, but did you know you can experience the lap of luxury in good old Philly, too? If you’re looking to indulge a bit, but don’t want to travel far, we recommend a stay at one of Philadelphia’s most luxurious abodes: The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia.
There’s a reason why The Ritz is known world-wide, and it’s made clear from the moment you step in the door to the property. The customer service is top-notch and the amenities are unmatched. It’s swanky to say the least. And the location? Second to none. Just steps from Independence Hall in the heart of the city.
Now is an extra-special time to visit Philadelphia’s Ritz-Carlton as the iconic property has just received a multi-million-dollar renovation. The guest rooms are crisp yet comfortable. Just wait until you sink into the bed for a good night of sleep after your day out on the town. Heaven.
Want to take your stay up a notch? We suggest you splurge for Club Level access, where you can enjoy breakfast, drinks, appetizers and desserts throughout the day. It makes you feel a bit like royalty. ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/philadelphia
Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia®
Make your way around
Want to learn more about the city’s history but don’t want to drive? Take the bus! The Big Bus Tour company shuttle can pick you up right at the Ritz and take you to where you can purchase passes to hop on board the double-decker bus or a trolley to learn more about sights like the Liberty Bell, the Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia Art Museum and more. The 27-stop tour is hop on, hop off, so you can explore as you wish. phillytour.com
Photo by C. Smyth for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
Gardens of Magic
If you don’t make a point to stop at South Street’s Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens you’ll be missing out. Trust us. Created by award-winning mosaic mural artist Isaiah Zagar, the site spans half a block and is a museum of mosaic mastery built from found objects including handmade tiles, mirrors, bicycle wheels, bottles and more. The outdoor art installation is paired with indoor exhibits and is a sight to be seen. Closed Tuesdays. phillymagicgardens.org
El Vez photo courtesy of Visit Philadelphia®
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
If you’d like to enjoy a drink before dinner, we suggest you mix in a bit of history here, too, and visit McGillin’s Old Ale House, opened in 1860, the year Abraham Lincoln was elected president. Don’t know what to order? Try the famous beer sampler, offering six drafts for just $9.50. mcgillins.com
If you’re a fan of Mexican food with a twist, get a reservation for the nearby El Vez, a Stephen Starr restaurant with the tagline “Mexican-American meets East L.A. in a Tijuana Taxi.” There are guacamoles and tacos of many varieties, a to-die-for blood orange margarita, and a fun photo booth you can pop into with friends before or after your meal. It’s a don’t miss. elvezrestaurant.com
Philadelphia Fun Facts
- In 1790, Philadelphia was declared the FIRST capital of the United States.
- Philadelphia has more Impressionist paintings, outside of Paris, than anywhere else in the world.
- Films set in Philly include: Trading Places, The Sixth Sense, Beloved, Rocky, Mannequin, Witness, Stealing Home, Age of Innocence, Philadelphia, 12 Monkeys, Up Close & Personal, Unbreakable, Jersey Girl and more!